Following a rigorous procurement process, NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands (GEM) Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) has successfully secured a place on the newly-launched NHS England Commissioning Support Lead Provider Framework (LPF).
The aim of the LPF is to strengthen the capability and capacity of the commissioning system, ensuring that commissioners have the skills and expertise they need to deliver the vision of the Five Year Forward View.
The framework has been developed with local clinical commissioners to allow access to the very best commissioning support services. NHS Arden & GEM CSU successfully met the tough quality and value for money tests set by NHS England, across all three lots, which cover end-to-end commissioning support, medicines management, continuing healthcare and individual funding requests. Successful LPF providers were selected after a two month ITT assessment by a panel of over 30 representatives from CCGs, NHS England’s area teams, NHS Improving Quality, NHS Right Care, and other subject matter experts. The rigorous process ensured that NHS Arden & GEM CSU successfully demonstrated resilience and insight around organisational capability supporting service migration and mobilisation, service capability, understanding and embedding principles of outcome based commissioning, embedding the NHS Change Model and a number of detailed scenario based questions.
John Parkes, Managing Director, NHS Arden & GEM CSU, said: “We are delighted to have secured a place on the Commissioning Support Lead Provider Framework. This reflects our track record in delivering a full range of high quality specialist healthcare services and back-office support to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), provider trusts and local authorities.
“Drawing on the strengths of both organisations, the merger of Arden & GEM CSU has enabled us to develop a range of services and skills which directly respond to the requirements of the Lead Provider Framework and our customers’ requirements.”
The LPF has been designed to make it easier and less costly for commissioners to procure the support services they need. According to NHS England, it is anticipated that between £3-5bn services will be procured through the framework with the typical procurement time cut to just three months.
John Parkes continued: “Some of our most successful work, both in improving outcomes for patients and delivering efficiencies, has come through our innovative approach to integrated, collaborative working across NHS, social care and voluntary sector teams. The LPF presents an opportunity to share that best practice among a broader customer base as we support local health economies to deliver against the Five Year Forward View.”
NHS Arden & GEM CSU will formally merge on 1 April 2015. The combined organisation has been operating in shadow form since 1 January, having worked in partnership for over a year to develop integrated services for new and existing clients.